TOTAL ALKALINITY IS HIGH NORMAL

Problems relating to pH and total alkalinity.
Increase ph, increase TA. Reduce pH, reduce TA.
pH chemistry advice and techniques for the pool.
MISSNCHIPS
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TOTAL ALKALINITY IS HIGH NORMAL

Postby MISSNCHIPS » Sun 03 Jun, 2007 16:10

HI, THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR I EVER HAD A POOL. I'VE DONE A LOT OF RESREACH TO GET THIS THING STARTED. I WENT T THE LOCAL POOL SUPPLY STORE TO HAVE MY WATER CHECKED. THEY TEST IT AND SAID MY TA WAS LOW (80). [23000 GAL AG POOL.] THEY SAID TO ADD 13 LBS OF ALKALINITY UP. I ADDED LITTLE MORE THEN HALF OF THAT. NOW MY STRIPS AT HOME SAYS IT HIGH (180) AND IT SMELL A LITTLE LIKE BAKING SODA. I FELT A LITTLE SICK AFTER WORKING ALL DAY AROUND THE POOL. EVERY THING ELSE SEEM NORMAL. MY QUESTION IS. CAN YOUR TA LOWER BY ITS SELF OR DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO LOWER IT. PLUS THEY TEST FOR STABILIZER AND IT WAS (0) OF COURSE BECAUSE IT DIDN'T USE ANY. DO I REALLY NEED IT OR CAN I RUN THE POOL WITHOUT IT. I WOULD LOVE TO USE THE LESS IS MORE CONCEPT IF I COULD. THE WATER IS VERY CLEAR SO FAR. I JUST HOPING I DOING THINGS RIGHT.


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Postby dynamictiger » Sun 03 Jun, 2007 18:47

Over time the TA will lower as you add acid. You could add about 2 gallons of acid if you wanted to speed this process up a little.

The stabiliser prevents chlorine loss by sunlight. If you don't add it you will have to keep a very close eye on your chlorine all the time and may need to dose two times a day.

HTH

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